Well, you armchair theologians out there. It’s been some time since we’ve had a good ol’ puzzler. So here goes:
One attribute of God, in traditional Christian teaching, is immutability. Scripturally, this doctrine is based on verses such as Psalms 102:26-27, Malachi 3:6 and James 1:17, and was articulated by the Council of Chalcedon in the confession regarding the second Person of the Godhead, thusly:
We confess that one and the same Christ, Lord, and only-begotten Son, is to be acknowledged in two natures without confusion, change, division, or separation.
The puzzler: How are we to understand this doctrine given, among other things, the Incarnation? If God is immutable, what do we make of the Son who not only takes on a human nature in history, but passes through the stages of physical and intellectual development from a zygote to a fully mature adult? If he is not immutable, what do we make of the traditional Christian doctrine?